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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tri"umph
  1. [Rom. Antiq] A magnificent and imposing ceremonial performed in honor of a general who had gained a decisive victory over a foreign enemy.
  2. Hence, any triumphal procession; a pompous exhibition; a stately show or pageant.(Obs)"Our daughter, In honor of whose birth these triumphs are, Sits here, like beauty's child." [Shak.]
  3. A state of joy or exultation for success."Great triumph and rejoicing was in heaven." [Milton.]"Hercules from Spain Arrived in triumph, from Geryon slain." [Dryden.]
  4. Success causing exultation; victory; conquest; as, the triumph of knowledge.
  5. A trump card; also, an old game at cards.(Obs)

Note: ☞ The general was allowed to enter the city crowned with a wreath of laurel, bearing a scepter in one hand, and a branch of laurel in the other, riding in a circular chariot, of a peculiar form, drawn by four horses. He was preceded by the senate and magistrates, musicians, the spoils, the captives in fetters, etc., and followed by his army on foot in marching order. The procession advanced in this manner to the Capitoline Hill, where sacrifices were offered, and victorious commander entertained with a public feast.

Etymology: L. triumphus, OL. triumpus; of uncertain origin; cf. Gr. � a procession in honor of Bacchus: cf. F. triomphe. Cf. Trump at cards

verb Tri"umph
  1. To celebrate victory with pomp; to rejoice over success; to exult in an advantage gained; to exhibit exultation."How long shall the wicked triumph?" [Ps. xciv. 3.]"Sorrow on thee and all the pack of you That triumph thus upon my misery!" [Shak.]
  2. To obtain victory; to be successful; to prevail." Triumphing over death, and chance, and thee, O Time." [Milton.]"On this occasion, however, genius triumphed." [Macaulay.]
  3. To be prosperous; to flourish."Where commerce triumphed on the favoring gales." [Trumbull.]
  4. To play a trump card.(Obs)

Etymology: L. triumphare: cf. F. triompher. See Triumph (n.)

verb Tri"umph
To obtain a victory over; to prevail over; to conquer. Also, to cause to triumph.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A successful ending of a struggle or contest ("the agreement was a triumph for common sense")
  2. The exultation of victory
  3. To express great joy
  4. Dwell on with satisfaction
  5. Prove superior
  6. Be ecstatic with joy

From Old French triumphe, from Latin triumphus (“triumphal procession”), ultimately from Ancient Greek θρίαμβος (thríambos, “thriambus”).

  1. A conclusive success following an effort, conflict, or confrontation of obstacles; victory; conquest.
    the of knowledge
  2. A magnificent and imposing ceremonial performed in honor of a victor.
  3. (obsolete) Any triumphal procession; a pompous exhibition; a stately show or pageant.
  4. A state of joy or exultation at success.
  5. (obsolete) A trump card.
  6. A card game, also called trump.
  7. (historical, Ancient Rome) a ceremony held to publicly celebrate and sanctify the military achievement of an army commander.
  8. A work of art, cuisine, etc. of very high quality.
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From Latin triumphō.

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    • How Popular is the name Triumph? Triumph is the 49,400th most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Triumph have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 44 babies born with the first name Triumph in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Triumph? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2007 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Triumph first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Triumph is Friday, November 6th, 1903.
    • What year had the most people named Triumph born? The highest recorded use of the first name Triumph was in 2011 with a total of 8 babies.
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